Greenfield football improves, but falls short of end zone
Hawks now 0-2 after loss to Pius XI
Moving the ball downfield was no problem for the Greenfield football team in its game against Pius XI on Aug. 29, but moving it into the end zone proved difficult.
That is the primary reason that the Hustlin' Hawks lost the contest, 25-13, at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
"From a fan's perspective, it was a good game," head coach Scott Otto said. "The story of the game was that we didn't capitalize on Pius' turnovers and when we had turnovers, they capitalized.
"We improved, though, and we will be ready for our Woodland East opener."
The defeat dropped Greenfield to 0-2 on the season heading into its Woodland Conference division opener at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Whitnall.
The Falcons are in much the same spot as the Hawks, having slipped to 0-2 as well with a 14-7 loss to New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday. They also moved the ball but could not take it into the end zone.
"It should be a good game," Otto said. "They're in the same position as we are. This is also the first time in four years that we're getting them at home."
Against Pius (2-0), the Hawks racked up an amazing 29 first downs, Otto said, and came up with two touchdowns, but left a number of other opportunities on the field.
Greenfield made four other trips inside the Pius 25-yard line but came away with no points.
"We would turn it over on downs, fumble or do something else silly," the coach said. "We would find a way to shoot ourselves in the foot."
Greenfield fell behind 13-0 before rallying on a 57-yard touchdown run by Xavier Copeland with 4 minutes, 11 seconds left in the first half. Joey Hannah's extra point made it 13-7.
The Popes took a 19-7 lead, then Matt Braatz tallied from 10 yards out with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter. The Hawks attempted a two-point run to draw within four points but it was stopped, leaving them trailing 19-13.
They never got closer as Pius scored again for a 25-13 edge, then held on from there.
Copeland hits 100
Quarterback Jeremy Swider completed 7 of 13 passes for 66 yards, with Josh Czerwinski catching four for 43 yards and Keagan Blanks three for 23 yards.
Copeland finished with 109 yards rushing on just eight carries for a 13.6 average, while Tyler Dorfner added 76 yards in eight tries (9.5).
The Hawks also are dealing with the loss of two starters to injuries. Linebacker Parker Rome and offensive lineman Joe Haasch are both gone for the season.
Otto praised Ennes Assad for his play at right tackle, helping out in the absence of Haasch.
"This was his first game ever at lineman on varsity, and he played well," Otto said.
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